Regional non-profit health center Carevide and Commerce ISD have joined forces to offer school-based health services to Commerce ISD students. Located at the Family and Community Engagement Center behind Commerce Middle School, the health center will be open two days per week, with a possibility for increasing the number of open days in the future.
Representatives from the district approached Carevide last year, seeking solutions to address students’ healthcare needs. The ability to treat students for ear infections, asthma-related issues and other common ailments means that students could spend less time out of the classroom, resulting in more positive academic outcomes. Kathy Myers, Director of Health Services, and Alison Walker, Family Services Coordinator, first presented the proposal to the Commerce ISD school board in December of 2018.
“Access to healthcare in our area is a challenge for many. We were excited to learn that Carevide was willing and able to help us explore school-based healthcare options,” said Myers. The school-based health center project was approved at the board’s meeting on January 22, 2019. Walker emphasized, “Very simply, healthy students learn better. We are excited to see how this collaboration of resources will benefit our students, family and community.”
The center will offer immunizations, treatment for chronic and acute illnesses, well-child exams, school physicals and more. While Carevide accepts private insurance, CHIP, and Medicaid, services will be available to all Commerce ISD students, with or without insurance. Medical staff will be provided by Carevide, a non-profit health center offering family medical, dental, pediatric and women’s health services, with locations serving Greenville, Bonham, Cooper, Farmersville and Kaufman.
“So much of a child’s academic success depends on their ability to be healthy and focused in the classroom. Providing school-based health services is a natural fit for Carevide, and we’re proud to be part of the Commerce ISD community,” said Carevide CEO Michelle Carter.
The school-based health center will be open two days per week on Mondays and Thursdays from 7:30 AM – 4:30 PM beginning Monday, August 5, 2019.